Fluid Coffeebar

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Address: 159 Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN 46383
Hours of Operation:
 Sun through Thur 7am to 9pm, Fri and Sat 7am to 10pm
Staff Contact: Alison Scates / Charles Scates

Public Restrooms: YES
Public Parking: 
NO
Handicap Accessible: NO


    MEET LORI BROWN-RUNYON

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    My art is inspired from the love of family and friends from the present and the past. I feel their positive energy in every piece of work I create. The purity in spirit and the true soul lift me up to my potential and beyond.

  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | Thoughtful | Mixed Media on Canvas 24×30

     

  • MEET DOROTHY GRADEN

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    After traveling more than 25 years to prehistoric rock art sites in the American West and viewing them with Native Americans and archeologists, I want to share my own interpretations of the art early hunter/gatherers left on stone hundreds of years ago. I often stand in silence and awe and can feel the great strength and sorrows of the people who lived on the land thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. Their spirits reach out and touch me and they communicate their lives and world view through their rock art. They are the ancestors of the land we inhabit. It brings me to a place where words can’t go, so with great love and respect, this art flows through me in a most joyful way. My art is truly inspired by the places I have been and the rock art I have experienced.

    My vision is to introduce art images created by the First Americans to people of today. I have given presentations on ancient cave art at universities in Russia, Ireland, and most recently in Austria. When Americans talk about “cave art”, they are usually referring to European pictographs. My art and slide presentations open a whole new world to most viewers. “This is here in our country?” is the most common response. When I visit these wonderful and remote ancient rock art sites, maps and compass in hand, climbing buttes, descending into canyons, dodging rattlesnakes in the desert, rock scrambling up cliffs, the adventure of it all, the admiration for early hunter gatherers and how they managed to survive and create beautiful images on the rock walls is overwhelming. When I create my art, all that I feel, experience, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, are within every piece of my art.

    Technique: Many of my works incorporate India Ink. I like the simplicity and complexity of the line and like to play with positive/negative space. Some drawings also include watercolor, colored pencils and pastel work. I also pull and “pulp paint” cotton rag , letting images emerge from the paper, creating the atmosphere and detail I experience at various rock art sites. Pulling my own paper gives an authenticity to my art. The cave artists carved and painted on natural surfaces, often using the shapes in the surface to guide their art, and when I create images on hand pulled paper, I often let the shapes from the pulp painting do the same, letting the surface speak to me.

    As so often happens in the creative process, other life experiences have taken shape in my work. Having SCUBA dived around the world, I began to incorporate aspects of my time beneath the waves into my art. A recent safari in Western Kenya inspired me to weave the colors, textures and patterns of the savannah into new pieces. I am consistently and constantly in my studio and love to exhibit my work and encourage the viewer to experience a sense of wonder and exploration.

  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | Sky Spirits | Mixed media on pigmented cotton rag 22×31

     

    Fluid Coffeebar | Holding Hope | Mixed media on pigmented cotton rag 31×22

  • MEET ERIN ROARK

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    I am an engineer who loves to explore and photograph natural areas around Lake Michigan

  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | Startrails at Indiana Dunes State Park | Metal Photographic Print 20×30

     

    Fluid Coffeebar | Startrails with Northern Lights over Lake Michigan | Metal Photographic Print 20×30

  • MEET GRACE LEBBIN

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
    Illusion intrigues me. After learning about the basics of symmography in high school algebra, I started combining math and art. The merger of the two has evolved from two-dimensional lines on paper to three-dimensional string on frame. After taking a printing course in college and studying serigraphy, I began incorporating silk screening into my art. I would stretch the string on the back of a silk screen printer and pull the paint through the screen, creating a unique effect with each pull. Many of my current works combine strings on frames with silk screen print backgrounds; the combination draws the viewer in close to study the detail while creating an intriguing illusion from a distance.
  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | PULSAR | string 31.5×31.5×3.25

     

    Fluid Coffeebar | BLACK LINES | string 33.5×41.5×3

     

    Fluid Coffeebar | SHADES OF GRAY | String and Oil 33.5×41.5×3

  • MEET DEENA GALICH

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | Untitled | Cut paper 83 x 39 (4 panels 18.5 x 36)

     

    Fluid Coffeebar | Untitled | Ink and cut paper | 18 x 29

     

    Fluid Coffeebar | Untitled | Ink and cut paper | 16 x 27.5

  • MEET JENNIFER STEVENS

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    From learning photography in high school, to acting in various community theater plays, I have always loved and appreciated the Arts. It wasn’t until 2015 that I was brave enough to pick up a paintbrush. I have been art journalling and creating art ever since. I live in Portage, am married to a wonderful man, and have two beautiful daughters.

    I enjoy learning different techniques and trying new things. From collage to ink, watercolor to acrylics, pencils and markers, I love using them all, sometimes all on the same piece. My favorite images to create are portraits, they really speak to me.

    I am constantly inspired by so many things, other artists, photography, the way the light hits a certain spot, the dancing feet of my 8 year old…I believe that art is all around us! I even carry a small journal in my purse so I can sketch something that catches my eye.

  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | Untitled | Acrylics on 8×10 canvas

  • MEET ARTIST CORWIN LEVERICH

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
    I am a multimedia artist that finds his forte in film making and photography. I love references, symbolism, culture, and music, which tend to drive my work.
  • FEATURED ARTWORK

     

     

    Corwin Leverich | Fluid Coffeebar | The Endless Station | Inkjet on Paper 10

     

    Reptilia | Corwin Leverich | Colored Pencil and Ink on Illustration Board | Fluid Coffeebar

     

    Crucifixion | Corwin Leverich | Graphite on Paper | Fluid Coffeebar

     

    The Knife | Corwin Leverich | Video | Fluid Coffeebar

     

    On the Fritz | Corwin Leverich | Ink on Paper | Fluid Coffeebar

  • MEET JILLIAN PANCINI

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
    I’m happiest taking pictures for no reason in particular.
  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | Balloon Dart Guy – Lake County Fair 2017 | photography | 8×12

  • MEET CLINTON WORTHINGTON

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
    I’m not entirely sure why I must make art, but I can assure you, I will be doing it till my end.
  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Fluid Coffeebar | To Be Determined | Acrylic | 5ftx4ft canvas

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    MEET RYAN DEMPSAY

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Hot Cocoa and Hard Candy | Ryan Dempsay | Acrylic on Canvas | Fluid Coffeebar